The goal was to not distract from the band’s performance but instead simply set the stage for them to do their thing. To achieve this, IMAG was pushed to the upstage video wall and was edited by various Notch effects. These effects tie into the onstage scenes, such as a strobe jail scene for the new single, “Shotgun Blues” and a “Super8” film look playing over a theatre scene for the Johnny Cash inspired song “Sad Man’s Tongue”.
In years past, the band used a clean IMAG feed out to screens, so to revive things now live production is back in full swing, artists were allowed to experiment with effects. Relying on IMAGs as a concept, the final result saw an emphasis on the band’s visuals, bringing a new level of cohesiveness to the video production.
Before the tour, different IMAG looks and 3D Notch scenes were combined to refine the show’s look and present to the band in renderings along with the lighting and stage design. Once on-site, programming was worked on through the set from top to bottom, starting from the base pre-programming and building out the songs. Utilising real-time work in Notch, the team went through 100’s of variations of different songs, really exploring a lot of options on a 15-17 song set, and still only needed ten days from the start of building the set to show one.